Ontario Premier Doug Ford walks to his office in June 2020 as legislators debated the government’s legislation that enabled it to invoke the notwithstanding clause.
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By paying greater attention to the originally intended application of the Canadian Constitution’s notwithstanding clause, along with the diversity of lawmakers in Canada, there’s a better path forward.
Anti-SLAPP law allows cases to be dismissed if they relate to public interest speech unless the case has merit and proceeding is in the public interest.
Anti-SLAPP laws are useful, and we need more of them across the country. They allow certain lawsuits to be dismissed at an early stage if they relate to public interest speech.
People attend a vigil to honour the memory of the four members of Muslim family that died in an attack on June 6, 2021.
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Filing terrorism charges in the London attack marks the first time in Canada investigators have done so in an Islamophobia case.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks as Ontario Premier Doug Ford listens at a groundbreaking event at a gold mine in 2020.
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Ontario has historically been the province in Confederation most concerned about buoying Ottawa and limiting its own relative power for the sake of national unity. Doug Ford puts that legacy at risk.
Mourners visit the site where a Muslim family of five was deliberately run over by a driver on June 6, 2021.
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Whether the perpetrator in the attack on a Muslim family that left four dead is charged with terrorism remains to be seen. But laying terrorism charges is legally complex.
Mourners react during a moment of silence at a vigil for the victims of the deadly vehicle attack on a Muslim family in London, Ont.
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Four members of a family were killed in a hate crime — only the nine-year-old son survived. Islamophobia has created a culture of hate in Canada that threatens those who are perceived as Muslim.
Mourners gather at the scene of the hate-motivated vehicle attack in London, Ont., which left four members of a Muslim family dead and sent their youngest son to hospital.
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Four members of a Muslim family out for a walk were killed in what police say was a hate crime. A researcher on Islamophobia in Canada says it’s not just fringe groups that hold anti-Muslim views.
Food literacy includes understanding where food comes from and knowing how to plan, select, prepare and eat healthy meals.
Ontario’s proposed Food Literacy Act for Students, a first in Canada, would mean students in grades 1-12 have opportunities to grow food and prepare food and learn about local foods.
The Northern Bruce Peninsula in Ontario has been a popular domestic tourism destination during COVID-19.
Large Canadian cities, usually major tourist destinations, have have experienced drastic declines in tourists and tourism spending while some regional hotspots have been overwhelmed with visitors.
Paramedics walk gurneys back to a multi-patient transport bus at Kingston General Hospital on April 30 after dropping off COVID-19 patients from the Toronto area.
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The need to transfer 2,500 COVID-19 patients around Ontario, and bring in extra doctors from other provinces, exposes two fallacies about Canada’s health-care system.
The Ministry must reallocate funds further embracing decarceration and developing the readiness based framework that would help transform the lives of youth leaving state guardianship.
Ontario closed half of its youth detention centres raising concerns around relocating youth from their communities and potential conflicts with current youth justice legislation.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott walk to a news conference at Queen’s Park on April 16, 2021.
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The pandemic’s third wave has brought Ontario to the brink of catastrophe. The best options for controlling the situation are well understood, so why won’t the provincial government implement them?
A woman ties a balloon that reads ‘In Solidarity with Survivors’ after former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi arrived at court in Toronto, in May 2016. He was later found not guilty.
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The solution to a defective, sexist Criminal Code ban can be found in the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford puts his mask on after announcing new lockdown measures at a press conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto on April 16, 2021. The government later walked back some of the announced restrictions.
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As the third wave ravages Ontario, there is public confusion and mistrust. Premier Ford’s flip-flops on restrictions indicate not just poor risk communications, but the lack of an informed plan.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford posted a photo of himself making cheesecake on Twitter on May 14, 2020.
COVID-19 has shown us that we are not “all in this together” despite what politicians may want us to think.
A teepee outside the women’s unit of the Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert, Sask., Jan., 2001.
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To release anyone, particularly Indigenous women, transgender and Two-Spirit individuals without a plan is irresponsible and dangerous and does not demonstrate a commitment to reconciliation.
Once they turn 18, youth in foster care are required to fend for themselves. This includes finding shelter and services.
The Ontario provincial government announced a moratorium on ending foster care at age 18 during the coronavirus pandemic, but this is due to end on March 31.
Black Lives Matter protesters threw pink paint on a statue of Egerton Ryerson at Ryerson University in Toronto on July 18, 2020.
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Let’s not ignore how the racist philosophy behind residential schools shaped mainstream education. Ryerson foresaw Canada’s continuing evolution into a “civilized,” white, culturally British nation.
According to a recent survey of public servants by the Commissioner of Official Languages, more than 44 per cent of French-speakers are uncomfortable using French at work.
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A recent survey reveals a general uneasiness about using French among both francophone and anglophone public servants in administrative regions where bilingualism is required.
Defunding of universities has forced administrators to to seek and secure private donations from wealthy individuals or corporations. Pictured here, the Michael G. De Groote Faculty of Medecine, McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ont.
We should challenge government defunding of universities, and greater reliance on private donations that can affect the transparency, equity and democracy of public institutions, including hospitals.